I got to run a feature yesterday on Create Digital Music with tips for getting good gigs, written by musician and Chicago electronica scenester Liz “Quantazelle.” That story has in turn generated a lot of discussion on CDM and elsewhere.

This raises an interesting question, though: how much of this advice applies to visualists and, specifically, standard VJ gigs? We face even more challenges: needing projection surfaces and (in some cases) projectors, having to “accompany” music, and having a new medium that most people still don’t quite “get.” My own gigs have often been nontraditional (modern dance) or mixed with music performance. But I’m curious what you think. And what would you want in an advice list if we could get the community here on CDMo to put one together?

Comment here, and feel free to join the chatter on Create Digital Noise; I’ve set up a new thread there:

Getting good music/visual gigs — let’s share advice

  • http://pixlpa.com andrew

    Good question. I think part of asking how to get good visualist gigs is asking yourself "what is a good visualist gig?" I think the answer to this varies greatly depending on the interests of the individual. For example, I'm not too excited about spending an entire night doing visuals for a rave/club night, but doing projections for an individual act is usually pretty rewarding if I like the act.

  • http://createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Well, we've established that Jaymis' current gig is a GREAT gig. :)

    But beyond that, I agree. Lots of possibilities. And, actually, I hope that the sense of what constitutes a visual performance gig expands. I think there's a sympathetic audience here, for sure.